Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Estate Sale Finds

I went to my first estate sale on Saturday. It was sooooo fun. It was put on by my friend Jihan to sell her late grandparents' things and also some of her own before she moves to LA. Here's what I scored:

Random photos! ($2 each) A rendering of the Mona Lisa on a concrete side wall; the letter "H" as seen on a brick wall; a bicycle in some foreign country? Who knows! That's the best thing about "inheriting" somebody's random art - you get to make up your own story about it! 

Two of Jihan's old rings ($1 apiece). She was also selling tons of old clothes and shoes but I didn't have the time to try on nor would I have fit the size for most of it. But, shoot, it was all beautiful. Picking through her closet - you'd think you were in some high-end boutique. And all of it was going for practically nothing! Durned pregnant belly and large feet of mine!

This grey chair for $25. There is a mark on the seat, but you can't tell unless you study it. And someday if I get reupholster-happy, this would probably be a fairly easy project.

And it fits perfectly into my once-empty, awkward living room corner! I also bought it thinking it might be something to stick in a corner of the nursery if I have to move my chunky rocking glider out of there. We'll see.

Have you ever been to an estate sale? What did you think? Any grand purchases? I regretted not getting there sooner because right as I did, two people walked out with things I coveted: the perfect lamp for my nursery and the purse I've been dreaming of. More estate sales are definitely in my future!



  1. I do love a good estate sale. Not that I go often but recently I went to one and got a gray velvet arm chair for 20 bucks! I also got some brass candle holders. They had a bin full and I took one of each pair...probably frustrating the people after me because they couldn't find a pair. They sit on my piano in a cluster now.
    Oh, and years ago I got a teal scalloped soup tureen for 5 bucks at an estate sale. It's one of my favorite things!

  2. The candle holders are a cool idea! And I want to see this arm chair!


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